Paper Pocket Holiday Stars

These intricate paper stars will make cherished gifts for family and friends. Our Star Master, Marion Hichwa, will share a colorful assortment of papers and then lead you through the step by step directions so that you will take home a fantastic work of art!

    $8 per New Pond Farm member and $12 per non-member

Registration is required. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

Easton Public Library SCORE Presents Workshops

SCORE Fairfield County is offering three workshops here at the Easton Public Library in November and December. The first workshop, “Speak with Clarity and Confidence,” will be led by Shannon Daniels on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:00 p.m., and will help you to brush up on your public speaking skills. This workshop will cover how to properly structure a speech or presentation, and will also present tips for overcoming the anxiety associated with public speaking.  On Wednesday, November 29th, at 4:00 p.m., Aimee Fusco from the USDA Farm Service Agency will present a program on resources and support for farmers in Connecticut. The third workshop, “How to Maximize Your Business with Better Visibility on Google,” will take place on Wednesday, December 13th, at 6:00 p.m. Led by Doug Gunsolley, this program will focus on digital media marketing.

SCORE was established in 1964 as a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses. The Fairfield County chapter recently merged with the Greater Bridgeport chapter and now represents a population of 750,000, with 130 volunteer mentor professionals, who offer a very broad mix of entrepreneurial, management and small business experience. For more information and to register for these workshops, please visit

Easton Public Library Dr. Michael Saxe: the Opioid Epidemic

At the Easton Public Library, on Tuesday, November 28th at 7:00, Dr. Michael Saxe will discuss the history of the opioid epidemic as well as its causes and what we can do to end it.

The opioid epidemic has become a major health problem in the United States, causing over 200,000 deaths. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the misuse of prescription medication and opioid-based drugs has increased significantly over the years, and has become a public health concern.

As a result of Dr. Saxe’s exposure to thousands of patients affected by the opioid epidemic, he has developed a special interest in the causes and solutions. He has also been active in statewide physician organizations and the Connecticut state government, creating guidelines and regulations regarding the prescribing of opioids and opioid addiction medications.

Dr. Saxe has practiced Emergency Medicine in Connecticut for 32 years at Middlesex Hospital, in its three Emergency sites in Middletown, Westbrook, and Marlborough, Connecticut.  As a board-certified emergency physician, he served as the Chairman of the Middlesex Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine for 22 years.

To register for this program, please use the Library’s Online Event Calendar, or contact Lynn Zaffino at 203-261-0134, or via email at

Chilly Day Recipe: Roasted Tomato Soup with Ricotta Matzo Balls

Thank you to for the inspiration but I decided to make it with a few tweaks. The original recipe is here. The soup is delicious either way!

Tomato Soup Ingredients:

2 lbs. vine or roma tomatoes cut in half
1 red bell pepper with seeds removed
2 large carrots, peeled and stems cut
10 small potatoes, cut in half
2 garlic cloves, smashed
Miracle Blend seasoning (I love this stuff on tomatoes, you can find it at Holbrook Farm)
Olive oil
1 cup white wine
1 cup of juice/ stock left over from roasting vegetables
1 large can crushed tomatoes

Ricotta Matzo Ball Ingredients:

3 eggs
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 box reduced sodium matzo ball mix
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh basil leaves, chopped
Fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. sa

Home Sales October 2017

Comparing to October 2016, which had 9 sales reported by the Multiple Listing Service ranging from $339,000 to $770,000, October 2017 had 8 sales ranging from $350,000 to $1,200,000. The closed sales are:

October has been a bit quieter with 2 homes going under contract for sale with asking prices of $295,000 and $499,500. There were also 9 homes that received a deposit pending inspections with asking prices ranging from $369,000 to $2,995,000.

There are 96 single family homes currently on the market today. We look forward to reporting back to you with November statistics in early December.

Marilyn & Maureen
Sloper Team
Coldwell Banker
Direct: 203-544-9224

Barlow Debate Dominates on Trade

This past Saturday, Barlow speakers took six awards including top honors at a regional debate at Crosby High School in Waterbury. Teams from more than a dozen public, private, and parochial schools came to debate the merits of using protectionism as as response to unfair trade practices in other countries.

Seniors Cara Krupnikoff-Salkin and Melani Zuckerman won the exhibition final against Simsbury, putting them at the top in the varsity division. They each respectively earned the second and third place speaker awards, too.

The topic of protectionism played to Barlow’s strengths as Melani and Cara were national finalists in both Fed Challenge and the Euro Challenge, two competitions where mastery of monetary and fiscal policy are expected. They won the coin toss against Simsbury opting to take the negative side, opposing protectionism.

Rather than advocating some mix of tariffs and quotas, Simsbury opened the debate with an unexpected plan, proposing to use World Trade Organization regulations to raise wages and workplace protections in poor countries as a way to protect American workers from job losses.

Zuckerman countered by trying to prove there was no need for any kind of protectionism, providing an avalanche of statistics showing how American workers are actually in relatively good shape according to a variety of indicators. She argued that the unemployment rate, the quit rate, labor participation rate, GDP growth, and inflation, all of which were on target and trending in America’s favor.

Krupnikoff-Salkin’s first speech reminded the crowd that the debate was supposed to be about the welfare of American workers, and the affirmative’s plan was simply not true to the resolution. In cross examination, her questioning was so incisive it caused one of her opponents to end questioning early, saying, “well, it looks like we’re almost out of time,” rather than answer.

Later on, Zuckerman noted that her opponents offered no response to her vigorous defense of free trade as being more beneficial to the U.S. In her rebuttal she leveraged research she did for her AP Comparative Government class’ simulation of Brexit negotiations.

She used the UK’s decision to leave the EU as an example to prove that supranational bodies and agencies like the WTO, the EU, the EEA, and the EFTA are incapable of restraining sovereign countries from doing what they wanted with respect to trade. Instead, she pointed to Norway as an example of a non-EU state who has succeeded in using bi-lateral, free-trade deals rather than protectionism or multilateral accords to help their domestic economy.

Simsbury pushed back hard, arguing with impassioned rhetoric that middle-class wage growth has been stagnant for decades and that Americans were losing through forced technology transfers to China. They argued the US should threaten to cut off trade, the U.S. could stop the bleeding.

Krupnikoff-Salkin listened carefully to her opponents and was able capitalize on the fact that the affirmative had changed their plan during the debate, and she offered responses to both policies. To their first plan, she pointed out that there was no proof that the WTO could enforce labor standards, and their second plan, she argued that traditional protectionism could cause a trade war.

In closing, she expressed sympathy with the aims of her opponents, to stop wage slavery in poor countries, but pointed out that they had chosen the wrong policy tools to achieve their aims. She compared the affirmative’s WTO plan to a popped tire. “You can put more air in there, but it won’t work.”

In the end, the panel of judges gave the round to Barlow by a unanimous 5-0 decision, a margin not seen since 2009 when they took states for two years running. This achievement further underscored the abilities of Zuckerman who will represent the United States at the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships to be held this spring in Cape Town, South Africa.

Also undefeated in varsity were senior co-captain Elizabeth Hayman and Charlotte Bridwell. Also unbeaten were Greg Coleman and Zach Shortt defied the typical “sophomore slump” experienced by tenth graders competing in varsity.

Two Barlow novices earned speaker awards. Sophomore Melissa Colasante finished third in her inaugural tournament and freshman Claudia Meyer earned the fifth-place speaker award. Freshman Matt Zuckerman followed in the footsteps of his sister, who together with partner Spencer Squitieri went undefeated in their second-consecutive Connecticut Debate Association event.

Everyone on Barlow’s roster of nearly 30 speakers had at least one win for the day. Juniors Jacob Paquette, Benny Viselli, Emily Nolan, and Nate Laske all went 2-1 for the day. Senior Ella Chen and junior co-captain Madalyn Migliorino pulled off a win against Simsbury in round 2.

In novice, sophomores Madeleine McHale, Dylan Leone, and freshmen Kyle Murray, and Jason Brannan all put up two wins. First-time sophomores Connor Frederickson and Tanner Hansen along with freshmen Reese Costenbader and Clare McCaffrey dug out a win, too.

Barlow’s season continues next month at West Haven’s Engineering and Science University Magnet School.

Cara Krupnikoff-Salkin and Melani Zuckerman